My computer, it crashes.
May 10, 2005 9:37 AM Subscribe
I know this is hard to believe, but Windows has crashed on my computer. Can I fix this somehow, or do I need to reformat? Again?
posted by iconomy to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
I was away for the weekend and got the phone call that every parent dreads. No, not that phone call...the "Hey Mom, the computer turned off by itself while I was typing and now there's a weird message on the screen" phone call.
So, now when I turn on the computer, I get a black screen with the following message on it:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
The problem is, I don't have an original CD. Windows XP came already loaded on my computer. I do have a Restore CD...three of them. Not the same thing, right? I tried booting with the first Restore CD, and got this message:
MICROSOFT WINDOWS STARTUP MENU
1. Restore Windows XP
2. Boot to Command Prompt from CD-ROM
If I type "1", there's no repair option, only a reformat. If I type two, I get an A> prompt. I've Googled and have found a bazillion forums where others have had the same problem and have been given advice on how to fix this, but the Original CD-ROM is always mentioned, and I don't gots. Help? Do I really have to go find this CD to save everything on my hard drive? I really don't want to have to reformat. Again.